State of New Jersey Inks Landmark Wind-Power Contract

State of New Jersey Inks Landmark Wind-Power Contract

Pepco Energy Services has announced it will supply an aggregation of New Jersey state agencies with wind-generated electricity certified by Green-E.

Under a 21-month contract, Pepco Energy Services, will supply more than 22 megawatts of electricity, 11 megawatts of which will consist of energy purchased from Community Energy and produced by wind farms located in the mid-Atlantic region. It is anticipated that 90% of the wind power may eventually come from Community Energy’s new Bear Creek wind farm near Wilkes-Barre, Pa, less than 60 miles from northern New Jersey.

The renewable energy will supply nearly 180 New Jersey accounts beginning July 2003 including State of New Jersey Departments and entities such as Rutgers University, New Jersey Highway Authority, New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The public agencies joined together for the purpose of creating one electricity contract to obtain lower-cost Green-E certified electricity.

In September of 2002, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection awarded New Jersey the 2002 Green Power Leadership Award to recognize the state's use of renewable energy sources. With 12% of its total energy load coming from Green-E electricity (i.e. made from wind, hydro, etc.), New Jersey boasts the largest percentage among all 50 states. The national Green Power organization also honored New Jersey with the Mid-Atlantic Green Buyer Government Award in October 2002 for its Green-E commitment.

Pepco Energy Services’ winning bid contains wind energy supplied by Community Energy, as part of a new long-term agreement between the two companies signed in April 2003. Community Energy provides wind-generated electricity within the PJM Interconnection power pool. Wind energy is emissions-free and helps offset greenhouse gas emissions produced from burning fossil fuels in electricity production.
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